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D.C. Everest teachers receive layoff notices


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 WESTON (WAOW) -- The D.C. Everest School District could lay off 21 teachers by next fall. This, after district leaders said they're expecting to lose close to $3 million in state funding. While district leaders say nothing is certain until the governor releases the state budget, they're preparing for the worst.


Trying to do more with less: an approach to education being adopted by school districts everywhere. But for D.C. Everest, administrators are expecting a lot less come next fall. Less funding, and in turn, fewer teachers.



According to Assistant Superintendent Lois Alt, district leaders are anticipating the loss of about $500 per student, which she says works out to a roughly $2.8 million drop in state funding.


"That's significant," Alt explained. "That will mean a huge additional budget cut for us. So to protect ourselves, we have to go through with what we know at this time."


The layoffs, she said, would save the district nearly $1 million. Alt stressed that the layoff notices are preliminary and had to be given out early because of labor contracts. She said the number of laid off employees could change after class schedules and the number of retiring teachers are known.


"It just had to be done," Alt said. "It was difficult to do. We have an excellent staff, excellent community, and school district. This is new waters for us."

Alt said the layoffs are based on seniority. She added, depending on the state budget, more cuts to programs could be made in the future.

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